Emerson Ave Church of Christ

Matthew 28:19, 20 (Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…..)

Vacation Bible Study!

vacation Bible study-life of queen Esther

The Christians meeting at 4005 North Emerson invite you to come and hear the amazing story of Queen Esther and how she saved her people from destruction. Esther was a beautiful woman but what was it that really made her special?

Come and hear about –

  • Faith

  • Wisdom

  • Courage

*** THIS IS A ONE DAY EVENT ***

Where: 4005 North Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46226

When: Saturday July 30th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Hope to see you there!

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2015 Ladies Bible Study and Retreat

The Ladies of Emerson Avenue Church of Christ cordially invite you to attend our-

2015 Annual Ladies Bible Study and Retreat

“His Love Compels Me”: Obedience. Service. Righteousness. Love.

2015 Ladies Retreat October 17th

Saturday October 17th, 2015 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Emerson avenue Church of Christ, 4005 N. Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46226, 317-547-7917. Contact Virginia Goodwin. There will be an optional lunch afterwards.

 

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Gospel Meeting October 23-25, 2015

gospel meeting october 2015

The Christians meeting at 4005 N. Emerson Avenue in Indianapolis invite everyone to our gospel meeting on October 23rd, 24th and 25th (friday, Saturday and Sunday). The speaker will be Roger Polanco from New York and his lesson will be on-

“The Beatitudes”

What does “Beatitudes” mean? It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, meaning “blessedness.” In Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:3-12), he tells us that “blessed are” the people who seek after righteousness and they have a joy and peace that will NEVER be found in a life without God!

Currency, power, possessions, sexual gratification or human philosophy are pitiful and empty substitutes for a relationship with our Creator. And who better to tell us this, than the one whom God sent–“Jesus the Christ”

Friday 7:30 pm

Saturday 4:00 pm

Sunday 9:30 am Bible Study, 10:30 am worship, 5:00 pm worship

Make plans now to attend! Put your entertainment and other activities on hold and come hear Roger Polanco proclaim God’s word. It will feed your soul. What is more important than that?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, because they will be filled”. Matthew 5:6 (the Ministers Bible)

 

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Converting Family Members

August 31,2014

All of us have members of our family who are not in the body of Christ. They are not Christians. Their sins have not been forgiven. They are lost. This is a matter of grave concern to anyone who is a disciple of Jesus and who loves their relatives. Therefore, it is logical to ask: “How do we convert our relatives?”

Bringing ones relatives to the knowledge of salvation in Christ Jesus is in some ways similar to converting anyone. But, there are some additional facts that need to be considered.

(1) When we are attempting to teach the good news of salvation in the Lord to family, we must keep our emotions in check. Emotions such as anger and tolerance seem to surface quickly when discussing religion with close family. I know why. We expect them to listen and we expect them to accept what we say because we are close to them. Well, it isn’t that simple. Many times family can and will be the most disagreeable. Why? Sometimes pride gets in the way. People will say “I can take correction.” But when correction is suggested they fight against it. Most people, including family, do not take too kindly to being corrected even though God says that is what we must do. (2 Timothy 2:24-26; 4:2)

(2) If we want a good chance of converting family members it is also imperative that we watch what we say and how we live. Nobody will more quickly point out inconsistencies in life and word than angry members of the family. Even though they may have the same problems, they will capitalize on ours because they see us as the aggressors. It is true that hypocrisy in the lives of believers affects everything and everybody around them. (Matthew 5:13-16; 7:1-5)

So, in a nutshell, if we want to convert family, we must be sure that our attitudes and lives are right with God, and (as much as possible) with human beings. Implied in all this is the need to always “Let the Bible speak” without additions, subtractions, or any other modifications.

Ron Daly

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The Ways Of The World

August 17, 2014

The word “world” refers to the age or to the influences of all that is opposed to God and God’s ways. There is ample warning in the word of God that the believer must not be engulfed by the world. John said,

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and it’s desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

Paul wrote, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 2:1-2)

Finally, James wrote, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:26-27)

We learn the following things about the ways of the world and the Christian’s relationship to it: (1) The Christian must be careful not to love (or be fond of and drawn to) the world. (2) The world’s affection is for itself and not the well being of the believer. (3) The world is passing away and so is everything in it. (4) The world’s pattern is displeasing to God. (5) The person who seeks to please God must avoid being polluted by the world.

The world wields a powerful influence and it must never be taken for granted. It paints a counterfeit picture of reality!

Ron Daly

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What is a Congregation of Christ?

August 10, 2014

In the New Testament we read about “congregations of Christ.” Paul wrote to the brothers and sisters in Rome and said, “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the congregations of Christ greet you.” (Romans 16: 16) Through the years many people have believed and taught that the Holy Spirit through Paul was giving a “name” to the Lord’s people. He wasn’t. He was indicating their relationship to the Lord. Two things will help understand this fact: Drop the word “church” and think in terms of a “congregation,” and take note of the word “of.” It is a preposition and bridges the relationship between the congregations and Christ.

What is a congregation of Christ?

It is a group of people that belong to the Lord. They were purchased or acquired through the blood of Christ. Jesus’ blood was shed on the old rugged cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18-20) The people that constitute a congregation of Christ were sinners who are saved by grace (which means favor) and rich mercy of God. (Ephesians 2:4,5,8,9)

A congregation of Christ is a group of people who are Christians. They are followers of Christ. They are his disciples. They are not followers of Martin Luther, John Wesley, the pope of Rome, or any other mere human being. They are followers of the Son of God. He was crucified for them and they were immersed into his name. (1 Corinthians 1: 12-15)

Their allegiance is to Jesus the Messiah.

A congregation of Christ is a group of people who worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24) They do not worship by the laws of the Old Testament. The Old Testament has been removed and is no longer binding as a code of laws for people living today. (Galatians 3:23-25) The New Testament is the body of teaching that is binding today, and we worship the way it instructs. Jesus died for the New Covenant. (Matthew 26:28)

Ron Daly

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Why was John the Immerser Beheaded?

August 3,2014

The accounts of the death of John the Immerser are recorded in the following places: Matthew 14:1-12 and Mark 6:14-29.

First, I would like to answer a frequently asked question: why do I refer to John as “John the Immerser” instead of “John the Baptist” as he is called in most English translations. The reason is, the words “John the Immerser” more accurately represent the Greek phrase Ioannes ho Baptistes. In other words, the phrase indicates John was a man who immersed or submerged people.

There is not one specific reason why John was beheaded. Several factors contributed to John’s beheading.

(1) John was beheaded because he told a political monarch that he had no right to his brother’s wife! (Matthew 14:4) John’s choices were to ignore the facts even though Herod needed to know the truth, or tell Herod exactly what he needed to know. People often say, “Tell me the truth,” but when they are told the truth they resent it. John lost his life because he stood with God’s will. (Revelation 2:10)

(2) John was also beheaded because he offended Herodias, the unlawful wife of Herod! (Mark 6:19) She nursed a grudge against John. A scorned woman can be an instrument of death. No doubt Herodias had an emotional attachment with Herod, but John was obligated to tell the truth. He did and as a result he lost his life.

(3) John was beheaded because Herodias’ daughter danced for Herod’s guest and it pleased Herod. Herod promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. (Matthew 14:6-7) She said, “Give me on a platter the head of John the Immerser.” Her request was granted, even though it distressed King Herod. John died in order to live forever with God!

Ron Daly

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Undeniable Religious Truths (No. 3)

July 27, 2014

A large segment of the religious world denies many of the plain truths that are specifically affirmed in the word of God. Especially those truths that are associated with salvation. Why? The denials are largely due to traditional denominational beliefs and teaching. It is extremely difficult for people to change their beliefs and practices even when scripture teaches they are wrong.

It is an undeniable religious truth that God exists.

Many simple things declare the existence of God. The perfect book affirms the existence of God. (Genesis 1: 1) Human life affirms the existence of God. (Acts 17:24-28) Wild and tame animals affirm the existence of God. (Job 38:39, 41; 39:1, 19,26,27) Nature affirms the existence of God. (Job 38:16-35) Proof of God’s existence is all around and it is undeniable. We need to look, think, and believe the evidence!

Another undeniable religious truth is true wisdom is not of this world. There are two kinds of wisdom; one is from below and the other is from heaven. Earthly wisdom is unspiritual and demonic. (James 3:15-16) Heavenly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good fruit; impartial and sincere. (James 3:17) The person who is really wise lives for God and treats their fellow human beings lovingly and respectfully.

It is also undeniably true that a person who is religious is not necessarily a Christian.

A Christian is a follower of Christ, the Messiah.

The disciples were called Christians. (Acts 11:26) Those who were obedient to the message of salvation in Christ were Christians. A person who is an associate of man-made religion is not a Christian. Adherence to man-made religion does not make a person a Christian, and a person cannot be a Christian and serve God in human religious societies. Christians were members of the one and only body of Christ. There is one body. (Ephesians 4:4) It is the body or community that Yahweh’s Son came to earth and established. (Matthew 16:18).

Ron Daly

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Undeniable Religious Truths (No. 2)

July 20, 2014

A large segment of the religious world denies many of the plain truths that are specifically affirmed in the word of God. Especially those truths that are associated with salvation. Why? The denials are largely due to traditional denominational beliefs and teaching.

It is extremely difficult for people to change their beliefs and practices even when scripture teaches they are wrong.

Another of the undeniable religious truths taught in the word of God is the fact that we are saved by grace. In his letter to the brothers and sisters in Ephesus, Paul wrote,

” .. .it is by grace you have been saved… For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:5,8,9)

Knowledgeable members of Christ’s body never deny salvation by grace. The word grace means favor. Saved by grace means a person is delivered from the guilt of their wrongdoing by God’s offer of forgiveness through the message of good news and the benefits of Christ’s blood. (Romans 3:23-25) The fact that people are saved by the grace of God does not contradict or disallow salvation by faith, immersion, and works. Why not? Because when a person believes, is immersed, and acts or obeys, they are believing in and obeying God. They have not devised their own system of redemption. (Matthew 7:21 ) This is an undeniable religious truth!

The fact that the believers in the age of the apostles assembled on the first day of every week to eat the Lord’s Supper is an undeniable religious truth. Paul told the believers in Corinth to “lay by in store” on the first day of every week. (1 Corinthians 16:2) The purpose of their assembling on the first day of every week was to eat the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:20) While assembled to eat the supper, they were to give according to their income. It is an undeniable religious truth that we should eat the Lord’s Supper on the first day of every week.
(More to follow)
Ron Daly

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The face in the mirror (no. 3)

The Face In The Mirror (No. 3)

It is possible for a person to look into a mirror, then go away and

at once forget what they were like. James says, “But the one who

looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no

hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, they will be blessed in their

doing.” (James 1:25; ESV-2011)

The New Testament is the mirror that God has given us, and one

of its purposes is to provide an accurate picture of what we are, and

what Yahweh wants us to be. So, we ask, what “face” do you see

when you look into God’s mirror?

Do you see the face of a person who condemns others when they

sin, yet you practice the very same sin? This is called hypocrisy.

Jesus said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother or

sister’s eye, but do not notice the Jog that is in your uwn eye?”

(Matthew 7:2) Paul wrote, “Therefore you have no excuse, 0 man,

every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another

you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same

things.” (Romans 2:1; ESV-2011) We should be very careful that we

are not practicing what we condemn in other people. “You then who

teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against

stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit

adultery, do you commit adultery? … ” (Romans 2 :21-22)

When you look in the mirror do you see the face of a person who

exammes the scriptures, in order to know what their meaning is so

you can know and do God’s will? Too many people lack

independence in Bible study. They want to be told what to believe.

We need more people like the Jews in Berea who examined the

scriptures daily to see if the things were so. (Acts 17: 11) Doctrines

must be tested. Believe nothing just because someone says to believe

it. “Test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false

prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4: I)

Ron Daly

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The face in the mirror (no. 3)

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Suggestions

Suggestions

God’s word contains a mass of needed mate1ial Christians need to

know. The New Covenant teaches us how to live on earth in

preparation for heaven. It is not easy to always determine what a

congregation needs to know in order to grow and be strong in the

Lord. People are at different levels of growth, and they need a variety

of teaching to increase knowledge and to achieve spiritual fortification.

One of the potential problems confronted by preachers and elders

1s accommodating the spiritual needs of as many of the people as

possible. People often assume that preachers automatically know what

needs to be addressed. Such is not the case.

If “too much” preaching is done on moral issues such as abortion,

dmnkenness, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, adultery, incest, etc.

m order to strengthen those who have been converted from an

immoral backgrounds, there will be some who \vill not derive much

benefit from that kind of material. On the other hand, if “too much”

preaching is done on “doctrinal” issues such as immersion, the one

body, instrumental music in worship, the Lord’s Supper,

denominationalism, etc., people who prefer teaching on moral issues

may feel neglected. If the preacher elects to do “textual” preaching

those who prefer “topical” lessons may feel “neglected.” Then there

are people who prefer “topical” preaching because to them, “textual”

preaching may be too general.

One way to assist with resolving this dilemma is for people to

suggest specific topics, texts, subjects, ideas, and other types of

material that they need to hear. Another important factor is to

suggest such things to Bible class teachers. Bible classes are often

the ideal arrangements for discussing material because of the value of

the question and answer format. (Acts 17:16-34; Acts 20:7;

Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:15) The message must be proclaimed and

there are a variety of ways to get the job done. (2 Timothy 4: I -5)

Ron Daly

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Suggestions

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Have your convictions changed?

Have Your Convictions Changed?

One of the tlllilgs that we must guard against in this earthly life, is

changing our convictions because of the struggles we face from the

oppression and hardships placed on us by the devil through people.

If we are not careful, when things go bad, bitterness can influence us

to change our attitudes about God and his word. Adversity will make

us better or bitter. It should make us better!

I have known people who have had prolonged sickness, financial

calamity, the death of a dear loved one, or some other tragedy, and

as the result they blame God and abandon the teaching of Christ. We

must always pray that our faith will remain strong and that we will

leave the doctrine intact! (Luke 22:31-32)

Has anything changed your belief about the Bible’s teaching about

the one and only body of Christ? Some no longer believe that the

Lord’s congregation is the only religious community or society that

has the right to exist. The Bible hasn’t changed; it still says, “There is

one body.” (Ephesians 4:4) Stand strong! Be bold! Let the truth ring

out come hail or high water.

Have your convictions changed about the absolutely necessity of

immersion for salvation? Don’t allow the fact that a family member

has died out of Christ warp your perspective of the word of God.

God’s word says “Immersion DOES ALSO now save us.”

(1 Peter 3 :21) Nothing will change that and we must believe and

defend the teaching.

Have your convictions changed about the work of the local

congregation? God’s group was designed by her maker to do

the greatest work on earth! Preach the good news (1 Thessalonians 1:

7-8; Philippians 4: 14-17); provide benevolence for believers (Acts 6:

1-6; 1 Corinthians 16: 1-2), and build up holy people through worship

and teaching. (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 4:15) The only thing that should

change our convictions is the teaching of God’s word. Stand strong.

Ron Daly

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Have your convictions changed?

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Undeniable Religious Truths

Undeniable Religious Truths

A large segment of the religious world denies many of the plain truths

that are specifically affirmed in the word of God. Especially those truths

that are associated with salvation. Why? The denials are largely due to

traditional denominational beliefs and teaching. It is extremely difficult

for people to change their beliefs and practices even when scripture

teaches they are wrong.

One undeniable religious truth is that immersion is essential to

salvation. Peter, the Lord’s apostle, guided by the Holy Spirit plainly

says, “immersion does also now save us.” (1 Peter 3 :21) Yet, almost all

denominationalists teach “immersion is not essential to salvation.” Their

creed books affirm that immersion is not necessary in order to be saved.

Peter says “it does save us” they say “it doesn’t save us.”

Who do you believe?

Peter’s statement is undeniable!

Another undeniable religious truth is mechanical instrumental music

in worship is unauthorized. God’s word plainly says that we are to “sing

and make melody with the heart.” (Ephesians 5:19) People are to “sing”

in the assembly. (Hebrews 2:12) No passage in the New Covenant says

to play on a mechanical instrument. That is an undeniable religious truth,

yet tens of thousands of people will continue to worship God with the

human instruments.

Erroneous religious tradition is hard to break!

It is also an undeniable truth that heaven is not on earth. Many folks

are persuaded that “heaven is on earth.” They are wrong. God’s word

says heaven is above the earth. On the last day, the Lord will come

down from heaven. (1Thessalonians4:16) So, heaven is not on earth!

(More to follow)

Visit the following teaching blogs on the internet:

http://exegeticalessays.blogspot.com

http://biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com

http://dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

Ron Daly

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Undeniable Religious Truths

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Gospel Meeting Nov. 7-9th

Our gospel meeting is November 7,8,9th (Friday,Saturday and Sunday). You are invited and Please bring a friend. We look forward to seeing you !

Guest speaker: Mike Hughes. He is currently a member of the Manteno Church of Christ meeting in Manteno Illinois. Hear him talk about “Bible teachings”, “Christian Living”, and “Worship in Spirit and Truth”

MEETING TIMES:

Friday at 7:30 pm

Saturday at 4:00 pm

Sunday bible study at 9:30 am

Sunday am worship at 10:30

Sunday pm worship at 5:00

Our address:  4005 North Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis IN. 46226, 317-547-7917

Need a ride? Call the number above. You will have to leave a message but we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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